Discover Africa via Travel – Ethiopia
I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by Ethiopia. So today, I thought I’d share some pictures of this beautiful country in the hopes that you fall in love with it as much as I have.
Before we delve into the pictures, here are three fun facts about Ethiopia:
1. The country’s ancient orthodox christianity has endowed it with thousands of churches and monasteries, some of which are enshrined as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
2. Ethiopia’s wildlife is very diverse, from typical African savannah animals in the south to unique indigenous creatures like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf.
3. The country’s landscapes are incredibly varied and wonderfully astounding.
An underground church in the northern town of Lalibela carved out of limestone around the early 13th century
Lalibela attracts 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every year
Ethiopia has a fashion industry known for its intricately woven cotton fabrics and emerging international designers.
Priests and monks celebrate the Ethiopian Orthodox festival of Timkat, which remembers the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River
Haile Selassie’s private quarters
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is the place to catch live music from traditional azmari sounds to Eritrean pop and Ethiopian jazz.
More than 50 tribes live in Ethiopia and many of them cling to ancient ways and means such as ceramic lip disks, ritual scarring, body painting and nomadic herding.
A red-rock landscape provides a refuge for several tiny monasteries scattered thoughout the mountains.
Erta Ale (Smoking Mountain) is a continuously active volcano and one of only six on the planet with a permanent lava lake.
This citadel was found in the 17th century and remains one of the architectural wonders of Africa
A colourful painted alleyway in Harar’s Jugal, the 16th century fortification within the modern city.
The Erta Ale volcanic crater is known for being the world’s oldest active lava lake and the locals call it “the gateway to hell”.
Ethiopia is home to an incredible array of flora and wildlife.
The Danakil Depression desert basin reaches up to 125 meters below sea level and is home to fields of sulphurous hot springs like this one.
A salt worker and his camels cross the Danakil Depression in Northern Ethiopia